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The Monuments Men – Art in Fiction and Cinema

DBRL Next - February 7, 2014

Book cover for Monuments MenDid you ever wonder how priceless art objects survived World War II in devastated Europe? Frankly, I never did – not until I came across Robert Edsel’s book “The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History.” Obviously, I wasn’t the only one struck by this subject. So was George Clooney, and as a result, a new movie, “The Monuments Men,” starring George Clooney (no surprise here :) ), Cate Blanchett and Matt Damon is coming to the big screen starting February 7. (The author, Robert Edsel, is also given a movie credit – at the end of the screenwriters list :) ).

So, what made this book worth turning into a movie? Lots of books (and movies) take place during WWII, right? Well, for one thing, the main characters are not soldiers, generals or suffering civilians, but middle-aged people from art-related backgrounds: architects, sculptors, museum curators, archivists and others. For another, these people, drawn from 13 nations (most of them from the U.S. and UK), were not assigned any military duties. Their tasks were first to advise on how to limit combat damage to the historic structures of northwest Europe (thus the name: the monuments men) and later to recover cultural treasures that had been looted by top Nazis, especially Hitler and Göring. This wasn’t an easy assignment by any means. As the Allied armies moved deeper inside Europe, the monuments men (there were women, too, but, apparently, only one appears in the movie :) ) moved onto the front lines, working fiercely and tirelessly, often at personal risk, to protect and restore art damaged by the ravages of war.

Book cover for The Rape of Europa by Lynn H. NicholasReaders who want to learn more about that period may consider checking out “The Rape of Europa” by Lynn Nicholas, too. This book covers largely the same territory, and its cast of characters includes Hitler, Göring, Marc Chagall and Gertrude Stein.

If straight history is not your thing, consider reading the novel “Shadowed by Grace: A Story of Monuments Men“ by Cara Putman. Here destruction, art and whodunit are combined into a war-time love story.

And last but not least, don’t miss Robert Edsel’s latest book: “Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis,” which is devoted to saving European artistic treasure in Italy.

Also, remember that you don’t have to wait for George Clooney to turn these books into movies. All you need to do to learn fascinating facts about WWII (or any other subject, for that matter) is check out library books :) .

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Financial Aid Fridays: A Resource Cheat Sheet

DBRLTeen - February 7, 2014

MU ColumnsAs young adult looking for help applying to college, the best place for you to start is with your high school guidance counselor. Planning for college begins in earnest during your junior year and your guidance counselor can help you set goals and meet the many required deadlines. Below is a list of links to area high school guidance departments. You’ll find a plethora of contacts and web resources to help you fund your education.

FAFSA Frenzy
This program is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Higher Education and its goal is to assist students and families in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). As mentioned in an earlier post, this is the mandatory application used by all colleges and universities in determining your eligibility for grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships.

Review the dates and times for this free event which will be hosted at Fulton High School, Hickman High School, and the Columbia Career Center. And don’t forget to bring:

  • Your parents’ and your 2013 W-2 forms
  • Copies of your parents’ and your 2013 tax forms, if they are ready. If you or your parents have not yet filed your 2013 returns before you attend a FAFSA Frenzy event, be sure to bring any statements of interest earned in 2013, any 1099 forms, and any other forms required to complete your taxes.
  • Student PIN and parent PIN. You may apply for your PINs at before attending the FAFSA Frenzy.

Hickman High School Guidance Department
Learn about the A+ program, local scholarships, and helpful testing info.

Rockbridge High School Guidance Department
This site lists information related to the A+ Program, college visit opportunities, post-secondary information, and scholarships.

Battle High School Guidance Department
Get scholarship reminders, AP course information, A+ program requirements, and check out the calendar of upcoming college visits.

Southern Boone County High School
Learn about area scholarships and upcoming college visits and enrichment opportunities. Hover over “Guidance” in the menu bar to see the full selection of resources available.

Fulton High School Guidance Department
This site provides senior scholarship information, financial aid and college links, as well as a list of educational opportunities and other events.

Hallsville High School Guidance Center
Learn more about available scholarships, financial aid, and career options.

Photo credit: University of Missouri by ensign_beedrill via Flickr. Used under creative commons license.

Originally published at Financial Aid Fridays: A Resource Cheat Sheet.

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Docs Around Town: Feb. 7 – Feb. 13

Center Aisle Cinema - February 6, 2014

blackfish1February 9: Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival” 2:00 pm at the Blue Note. (via)
February 10
 “Blackfish” 5:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. at  Forum 8. (via)
February 11:Diago: A Maroon Artist” 6:00 p.m. at MU Student Center, free. (via)
February 12: “Quilombo Country” 7:00 p.m. at Strickland Hall, free. (via)
February 13:Musafer: Sikhi is Traveling” 6:00 p.m. at Missouri United Methodist Church, free. (via)

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The Gentleman Rock-emmends: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks

DBRL Next - February 5, 2014

Album cover for Wig Out at Jagbags by Stephen Malkmus & The JicksOn February 14th Cupid brings Mid-Missouri the ultimate valentine: a concert at Mojo’s by the best rock and roll band going, Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks. I recommend you attend this concert. If you don’t have a valentine, the show will be a perfect respite from the world’s constant reminders that you are alone. If you have one, bring them. If they refuse to go and you don’t care to scorn them, I recommend you write messages of your devotion on their favorite possessions and fill their living space and/or automobile with rose petals, doves and massage oil. They will be moved by this show of affection and no longer a hindrance to your attendance at what is likely the single greatest musical happening in the history of the world: a concert by my favorite band in an intimate venue that I don’t have to drive very far to get to.

In January Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks released their sixth album, exhorting listeners to action with its title: “Wig out at Jagbags.“ The exhortation presents a conundrum. I ache to acquiesce to their demands, but it may be ungentlemanly to find the nearest jagbag and confront them for their jagbagery, my mouth frothing, blood vessels bursting in my eyes, howling at a moon only I can see. Perhaps the gentlemanly thing to do would be to continue giving my customary polite nods and encouraging whistles to everyone, even when some folks’ actions dictate more than the lack of such niceties, whose actions indeed demand the thorough wigging-out-at of a sort a gentleman would find wholly uncouth. This is a puzzle through which I fear I may always be working. For the time I’ve struck a compromise: rather than spew outrage with physicality, I will simply leave sternly worded missives in jars buried on the property of those whose behavior demands it. Until a better solution presents itself, I can soothe my troubled mind by dipping into the music of Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks, a band that brews a mix of songs eclectic enough to match any mood.

If one’s jangled nerves need soothing, perhaps due to their internal struggle between heeding the decrees of their musical heroes or succumbing to their natural inclination to doze peaceably in silken hammocks, the soft rocking trombone and guitar duel of “J Smoov” is apt to seduce one into an amiable mindset. If you’re more inclined to release some frustration with clapping and foot-stomps, the coupling of a rhythmic chug and sweetly spastic guitar solo in “Planetary Motion” will facilitate these primitive urges. Maybe you want to smile and bop your head, loving that things as beautiful and strange as “Houston Hades” exist. Its calamitous deluge of an intro builds then snaps into a sublime earworm groove that demands repetition and delivers it until sprinting to the end with a coda as perfect for its song as any ever has been. Perhaps you crave a catchy song narrated by a man who commiserates with a troubled mind, singing “The mental speedbumps you must navigate/the frigid shoulders interrupting fate/I often jump-cut to my future days.” The narrator believes he’s “destined for greatness by design,” but the Malkmusian tendency to give everything a double or triple-edge undercuts the sentiment and supplies the song’s title: “The Janitor Revealed.”

I yearn to quote lyrics and give overwrought descriptions of every song on this album, and indeed of all the songs on each of their five previous outstanding releases, but I’ve prattled on too long, and besides, I have a lot of jars to gather and digging to do. While you’re reading this the show is selling out, and missing this concert, should you allow that to come to pass, will prove to be one of your life’s great regrets.

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Black History Month Celebrates Civil Rights Act Anniversary

DBRL Next - February 4, 2014

UPDATE: The program dates originally listed below for presentations by family history research consultant Traci Wilson-Kleekamp have been changed. February is Black History Month, and this year the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History has chosen the theme …
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Prison Reform and Zombie Pandemics: This Week in Community Events

DBRL Next - February 3, 2014

I moved to Columbia to attend university and never left. I love the trails, and living in a college town affords me opportunities that might not be present in a city of similar size. This week, I have two such opportunities. Columbia will be visited by two popular authors: Piper Kerman and Colson Whitehead. Both events are free and open to the public.

Book cover for Orange Is the New Black by Piper KermanEditor’s note: due to weather, Piper Kerman’s talk is being rescheduled. She will not appear at the Missouri Theatre on February 5 as previously advertised. We will provide an update when we have one. 

Piper Kerman, author of the memoir “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison,” will speak at the Missouri Theatre on Wednesday, February 5 at 7:30 p.m. Kerman served time in federal prison for a crime she had committed a decade prior to incarceration. As viewers of the Netflix series based on her memoir can attest, Kerman’s experience ranges from funny to tragic. Kerman will talk about both her experience specifically and the prison system in general.

Book cover for Zone One by Colson WhiteheadThe following night, Colson Whitehead, author of the New York Times bestselling zombie survival tale “Zone One,” will be the latest speaker in the Department of English Creative Writing Visiting Writers Series. The event will take place Thursday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Reynolds Alumni Center on the University of Missouri campus. Whitehead writes everything from autobiographical essays to post-apocalyptic novels and has won loads of awards. His latest book, “The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky and Death,” is about the World Series of Poker and will be published in May.

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Win Two Free Lux Passes to the True/False Film Fest

Center Aisle Cinema - February 3, 2014

True False LogoDue to the icy weather conditions, we were forced to cancel both sessions of our ”How to True/False” event this past weekend. Now that preparations for the film festival are in full force, we will not be able to reschedule this program. If you are a first-time attendee, we recommend reviewing “How to Festival,” an online guide for newbies available on the True/False website.

We also wanted to share that the library will be raffling two free Lux passes to one lucky winner. You must register online to enter. These passes, valued at $175 each, will give you nearly unlimited access to the festival’s most popular films and special events. The winner will be selected at random and contacted on Tuesday, February 4. One entry per person, please. You must live in Boone or Callaway County to be eligible.

Don’t forget that the library has an extensive collection of documentaries for you to borrow for free with your library card. We have dozens of former True/False selections for you to enjoy along with popular television series like “Downton Abbey” and “Sherlock.”  Our next free screening at the library will be April 23 when we show “Herman’s House,”  a documentary that demonstrates the transformative power of art.

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2014 ALA Teen Book Award Winners Announced

DBRLTeen - February 3, 2014
Erin Morgenstern

Me and Erin Morgenstern, author of “The Night Circus”

Every January the American Library Association hosts its annual Youth Media Awards Press Conference. At this time, authors and illustrators of children’s and young adult literature are recognized for the amazing works they have published over the last year. Below is a list of this year’s award-winning titles.

My personal favorites are the Printz Award and the Alex Award. The Printz Award honors an author for “excellence in literature written for young adults.” In other words, it’s a pretty big deal. My favorite Printz Award winner, so far, has been “Looking for Alaska“ by John Green.

The Alex Award, however, honors the top 10 adult books with teen appeal. My favorite among the Alex Award recipients has been “The Night Circus.” I even got to meet the author, Erin Morgenstern! Squee!

Have you read any of this year’s award-winners? What did you think? Who might you have picked for this year’s top awards?

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults.

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults.

Alex Award Winners are the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences.

Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adult.

  • Award Winner: “Scowler,”written by Daniel Kraus and narrated by Kirby Heyborne
  • Honor Book: “Better Nate Than Ever,” written and narrated by Tim Federle
  • Honor Book: “Creepy Carrots!” written by Aaron Reynolds
  • Honor Book: “Eleanor & Park,” written by Rainbow Rowell, and narrated by Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra
  • Matilda,” written by Roald Dahl, and narrated by Kate Winslet

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizes an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:

Pura Belpré (Author) Award honors a Latino writer whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:

Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award is given annually to children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered experience.

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States.

  • Award Winner:  “Mister Orange,” written by Truus Matti, translated by Laura Watkinson
  • Honor Book: “Vacation of My Life,” written by Charlotte Moundlic, illustrated by Olivier Tallec, translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick
  • Honor Book: “My Father’s Arms Are a Boat,” written by Stein Erik Lunde, illustrated by Øyvind Torseter, translated by Kari Dickson
  • Honor Book: “The War Within These Walls,” written by Aline Sax, illustrated by Caryl Strzelecki, translated by Laura Watkinson

Originally published at 2014 ALA Teen Book Award Winners Announced.

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Win Two Free Lux Passes to the True/False Film Fest

DBRL Next - January 31, 2014

Editor’s Note: Thanks to all those who registered for our Lux pass giveaway. We are happy to announce that Helen Katz is the lucky winner! This Saturday, February 1,  the Columbia Public Library will be hosting our third annual “How …
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Financial Aid Fridays: Minority Report

DBRLTeen - January 31, 2014

Diverse StudentsToday, there are more women and people of color attending college then ever before. In an effort to provide equal access to higher education and promote campus diversity, colleges and civic organizations provide financial aid exclusively to these groups.

As a Mexican American, I received a minority scholarship from the American Library Association. Without it, I would never have been able to afford the graduate school required to become a librarian. If you are investigating minority scholarships, below are a few online resources to help you get started.

Gates Millennium Scholars: This scholarship program is intended to increase the number of African-Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Pacific Americans and Hispanic Americans completing undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

United Negro College Fund: This link will take you to a listing of scholarships offered or promoted through the UNCF.

American Indian College Fund: Learn about the two different scholarship programs available, the Tribal Colleges and Universities scholarship program and The Full Circle scholarship program.

Hispanic College Fund: Review the scholarships available based on your current class level.

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund: The APIASF administers nearly 15 different scholarships each year and offers a listing of additional funding opportunities available to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans.

Don’t forget to stop by the library to review these helpful resources. While the newest editions of these reference titles do not circulate, you may borrow the older editions.

Photo credit: Baha’ibow! by Lorenia via Flickr. Used under creative commons license.

Originally published at Financial Aid Fridays: Minority Report.

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Docs Around Town: Jan. 31 – Feb. 6

Center Aisle Cinema - January 30, 2014

20feetfromstardomFebruary 1: How to True False at Columbia Public Library, free. (via)
February 1: Third Goal International Film Festival at the MU Student Center, free. (via)
February 3
 “20 Feet From Stardom” 5:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. at  Forum 8. (via)
February 4: “God Loves Uganda” starts at Ragtag. (via)
February 5: “Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?” starts at Ragtag. (via)
February 6: “Fuel” 7:00 p.m. at the MU Student Center, free. (via)

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Ready to Start Making Movies? You’re in the Right Place!

DBRL Next - January 30, 2014

Thanks in large part to the True/False Film Festival, Mid-Missouri has developed a reputation for supporting independent movies. From our documentary film series Center Aisle Cinema to our collection of books on filmmaking and screenwriting, your library has plenty of resources to increase your appreciation of film and provide inspiration should you want to make a movie of your own.
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New DVD: “The Act of Killing”

Center Aisle Cinema - January 29, 2014


We recently added “The Act of Killing” to the DBRL collection. This film played at the True/False Film Festival in 2013, and currently has a rating of 95% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:

The filmmakers examine a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass-killings in the style of the American movies they love.

Check out the film trailer or the official film site for more info.

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Program Preview: Reinvent Your T-Shirt

DBRLTeen - January 29, 2014

Reinvent Your T-ShirtTshirt Scarf
Thursday, February 13 › 5:30-7 p.m.
Columbia Public Library

Bring your old t-shirts, and we’ll transform them into new fashions, such as scarves, bracelets and headbands. Ages 12 and older, adults welcome. Registration begins Tuesday, February 4. Call (573) 443-3161 to sign-up!

If you are into upcycled crafts, you should consider borrowing some of these titles from the library:

Photo credit: Upcycled T-Shirt Scarf by Kim Piper Werker via Flickr. Used under creative commons license. Check out the tutorial to make this awesome scarf!

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New DVD: “The Graduates”

Center Aisle Cinema - January 27, 2014


We recently added “The Graduates” to the DBRL collection. The film was shown in last October on the PBS series Independent Lens. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:

This two-part special examines the many roots of the Latino dropout crisis through the eyes of six inspiring young students who are part of an ongoing effort to increase graduation rates for a growing Latino population.

Check out the film trailer or the official film site for more info.

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Top Ten Books Librarians Love – The February List

DBRL Next - January 27, 2014


Last year I encouraged you to read like a librarian and use the newly launched Library Reads list to find out what about-to-be-published books we library folks across the country are most abuzz about. Well, get ready to add more titles to your holds list – the February edition of Library Reads is here.

Book cover for Red Rising by Pierce BrownRed Rising
by Pierce Brown
“The next great read for those who loved The Hunger Games. This story has so much action, intrigue, social commentary and character development that the reader who never reads science fiction will happily overlook the fact that the story takes place on Mars far in the future. The characters are perfectly flawed, causing the reader to feel compassion and revulsion for both sides. Can’t wait for the next installment!”
- Cindy Stevens, Pioneer Library System, Norman, OK

Book cover for The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew QuickThe Good Luck of Right Now
by Matthew Quick
“Socially-awkward 40-year-old Bartholomew has lived with his mother all his life and has never held a job. When she succumbs to cancer, he channels her favorite actor, Richard Gere, to make her happy during her last days. Funny and sad, with moving, unsentimental prose and a quick, satisfying pace. Highly recommended.”
- Michael Colford, Boston Public Library, Boston, MA

Book cover for This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley CashThis Dark Road to Mercy: A Novel
by Wiley Cash
“Cash’s second novel is as good as his first. In this story, we meet Easter and her sister Ruby, who have been shuffled around the foster care system in Gastonia, North Carolina. Then their ne’er-do-well father whisks them away in the middle of the night. I was on the edge of my seat as I followed the girls’ tale and hoping for a safe outcome. Fans of ‘A Land More Kind Than Home’ will enjoy this book as well.”
- Robin Nesbitt, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH

Here are the remaining titles on February’s list that are on order and ready for you to place on hold. Be the first among your friends to get your hands on these great reads!

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Congratulations to Our Audiobook Winners!

DBRL Next - January 24, 2014

TrophyImagine balloons and confetti dropping from the ceiling as you read this post. A big congratulations to the winners of our audiobook giveaway! Renee won a copy of “The Age of Miracles” by Karen Thompson Walker, and LaShawn received “The Future” by Al Gore. Thanks to everyone who entered.

If you weren’t a winner this time around, don’t fret. We have more freebies in the works, so check back in the upcoming weeks to learn how to enter our next giveaway!

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Financial Aid Fridays: Scholarships vs. Loans

DBRLTeen - January 24, 2014

Money LaunderingGrants and loans and scholarships, oh my! With so many options to fund your college education, it’s easy to see how one might get confused. Here’s a basic breakdown of the most common forms of financial aid as defined by

Scholarships: Scholarships are forms of aid that help students pay for their education. Unlike student loans, scholarships do not have to be repaid. Generally, scholarships are reserved for students with special qualifications, such as academic, athletic or artistic talent. Awards are also available for students who are interested in particular fields of study, who are members of underrepresented groups, who live in certain areas of the country or who demonstrate financial need.

Grants: Grants are a form of financial aid, based on need, which you do not have to repay. Most commonly, grants are awarded by the federal government and based on the responses provided on your FAFSA form.

Loans: An education loan is a form of financial aid that must be repaid, with interest. Education loans come in three major categories: student loans (e.g., Stafford and Perkins loans), parent loans (e.g., PLUS loans) and private student loans (also called alternative student loans). More than $100 billion in federal education loans and $10 billion in private student loans are borrowed each year. In order to qualify for student loans, you must complete the FAFSA form.

Here are some great books for you to borrow from the library to help you investigate general sources for scholarship funding:

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Originally published at Financial Aid Fridays: Scholarships vs. Loans.

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Docs Around Town: Jan. 24 – Jan. 30

Center Aisle Cinema - January 23, 2014

inequalityforallJanuary 27: “Inequality for All” 5:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. at  Forum 8. (via)
January 29: “Justice for My Sister” 7:00 p.m. at Stephens College Charters Auditorium, free. Filmmaker in attendance. (via)

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How to True/False on February 1st

Center Aisle Cinema - January 22, 2014


Saturday, February 1
Session one: 10:30-11:30 a.m. or Session two: Noon-1 p.m.

Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Get ready for the True/False Film Festival with 102.3 BXR and 1400 KFRU. You’ll get a step-by-step explanation of all things True/False, including a Q&A session with fest organizers and an exclusive sneak peek at a few films before the schedule is released. This program is expected to fill up, so we’re offering two sessions of the same program that you can attend. Find additional parking in the library’s north lot.

Don’t forget that we have many of the past True/False films in the DBRL collection. You can view our True/False Film Fest lists that we’ve set up on our catalog.

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